LGBTQ members of Congress and their allies in the LGBT Equality Caucus today re-introduced the Equality Act, which provides landmark protections from discrimination.
The Equality Act will add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes to various civil rights laws currently on the books. If passed, LGBTQ people will be protected from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and more.
According to the Movement Advancement Project, 22 states and the District of Columbia have employment non-discrimination laws on the books, though two of those states don’t offer explicit protections for transgender people. A federal bill would protect LGBTQ people in states where such protections are unlikely to pass any time soon. It would also establish clear boundaries to states trying to roll back LGBTQ rights under the guise of religious liberty.
A Victory Institute report from last spring shows that states with zero to two openly LGBTQ lawmakers are much more likely to face anti-LGBTQ legislation.